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0eCember 20,1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 7 Commentary -_ ......., The return of Gabriel: The annunciation to Mary GOSpel Commentary for Hebrew), a prince" who is en route chief purposes for both Luke and Matthew in writ- 1996: Fourth ................. ... to his people." It is thoughts like vent: Year B: these that must have influenced i  Luke to choose the angel Gabriel to When we s- , _ :";i bear the good news of the coming of elation, we peak oI the annun- -/ "the Son of the Most High . . . to Usually refer to the / o w lye the apPearano.r,L whom the Lord G d 11l g Mary to -[ -line angel Gabriel to I throne of his father David, and he anounce to her that she will reign forever and of his king- thenhas ,,,LbeenuerChSenothls.. bYsonGOdit to become,, dom there, will be., no end, Luke oted that t L should be ....... 1:32-33. These words of Gabmel to birth o -ere are two other y rlrar Mar echo the words of the ro het "aOUnc Y . . P P Testament, on:nlens m the New D) uDIL?sR Nathan to King David about 1,000 chariah, th  .y, abriel to B.C.; see II Samuel 7:12-14,16. gaptist Thi  lather of John the   I It was mentioned above that Go ' s, too, is found in the Spel - of Luke ,- Luke had earlier painted a scene in OOSeph It ' o " ne other annunciation is to which Gabriel anoears to Zechariah to announce is latto:,[.d only in the Gospo of Matthew. the birth of Joh'he Baptist. Luke skinfully unnamed a announcement is made by an weaves the two annunciations into one ta estrv b ' angel. - P . ) .... In Luke's c- - making the conception of" a son by Elizabeth, Ulthe an uastruction of his wonderful story Zechariah's wife, into the confirmation of the truth 01d Testen:ttion to Mary, he reaches back to the of Gabriel's message, that Mary, though a virgin, aaaOUncin~  ook of Daniel for the figure of the would conceive and give birth to a son who was twice i,, angel Gabriel Gabriel is found only everything that God's people awaited in a ruler: seeOad'e e.OldTestament and both times in the "Your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also s first vi.u, ry H.C. Book of Daniel. The ouroose of conceived a son." To which Luke adds the assur- ,as left 1:). is to explain to Daniel a vision that ance of Yahweh to Abraham after his very old wife i ,amel thorou hly puzzled His second visit , " I),e._Xplam t, r,_ . .g Sarah conce1ed a child: With God nothing will be 7 l.C. proffh'a reel two texts from the sixth cen- impossible!" See Genesis 18:14. abel is Senlai et deremiah. On this latter occasion Luke has one task remaining to complete his fia haaong ot- answer to Daniel's prayer. " scene of the annunciation to Mary, the rehabilita- ,u an -er Words of " a- assuran- -- Gabrml to Darnel we tmn of Mary. The portrayal of Mary in the Gospel of " end to si ce that the time would come "to nut Mark had to be corrected This may seem an overly I:g righte:usltOne for,!niquity, to bring in ever- daring idea to us who think of our t'our gospels as- nnointed ^_ Less .... Gabriel also speaks of absolutely unchangeable, but we cannot hold Luke : uue, (a "chris " " ,, ,, t m Greek, messmh m to our idea of an unchangeable text. One of the ing their gospels was to correct the earlier Gospel of Mark. To the point: in Mark 3 the family of Jesus comes to seize him because they think he is out of his mind, but they can't get to him. Later someone tells Jesus that his mother and his brothers are there to see him. He replies by pointing to his disci- ples sitting around him: "Here are my mother and my brothers!" Jesus seems to reject his family and affirms that his true family consists of his disciples. Obviously Mark does not include Jesus' mother and brothers among them. Whether or not this is the historical situation we cannot know. Mark had his theologncal reasons for such a scenario. Luke seems well aware of this slight to Jesus' mother and repeatedly corrects it in his gospel. Here is the first instance: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to your word." By these words Mary not only becomes a disciple of Jesus, but becomes the first disciple of Jesus, the first to believe in him. 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